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A new not-for-profit company jointly owned by local schools and the council has appointed a chief executive.

Hundreds of teenagers heard tales from the working world at a special careers fair.

Pet owners in Dagenham are being taught how to make a dog’s dinner of their Christmas grub.

A 19-year-old has been rushed to hospital after a suspected noxious substance attack at Barking and Dagenham College.

A man “crushed” between a barge and a jetty in Dagenham has been rushed to hospital.

Construction on a £6million youth centre in Parsloes Park will begin in January.

Barking and Dagenham College students celebrated a successful festive fair with reindeer, wreaths and pastries.

Around 500 Barking and Dagenham residents enjoyed a free festive foray to the seaside on Saturday.

Shoppers witnessed a topsy-turvy supermarket sweep when school pupils walked in with bulging trolleys and left empty-handed.

Two schools in Barking and Dagenham are closed as wintery weather sweeps across the capital.

Builders working on the Gascoigne Estate redevelopment have received glowing praise from inspectors.

A Barking shopping centre and council libraries have become drop-off points for a new charity collection.

A Christmas tree festival will show off weird and wonderful displays by Barking residents this weekend.

Budding brainiacs from east London primary schools headed to Barking for a national maths competition.

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Barking which was closed after a customer spotted a cockroach in the dining hall has been fined more than £5,000.

A Dagenham man who sexually assaulted a man and a woman on a rail replacement bus has been jailed.

A Barking community group hopes to inspire children to think inside the box.

Pupils at Sydney Russell School put the pedal to the metal in a race to win their coveted House Cup.

Barking and Dagenham received more than 4,000 complaints about rodents in the last five years, figures reveal.

A 37-year-old man has admitted killing a homeless man from Dagenham who firefighters discovered lying next to a burnt out car.

Parents in Barking and Dagenham are being asked to ‘detox their toy box’ ahead of Christmas.

A Dagenham primary school chef was left with (Michelin) stars in her eyes after being invited to cook at one of the country’s top kitchens.

A former pupil at Robert Clack School has been shortlisted for a major literary award.

A bearded brunette raised money – and eyebrows – for charity in a stiletto strut around Barking town centre.

Campaigners fighting to stop Dagenham JobCentre from being closed are holding the second of two protests outside the branch.

The MP for Barking has warned that public confidence in the police has plummeted after a major shake-up to the force’s command.

Father Christmas and his reindeer helpers flew to Dagenham for a severely ill teenager’s special festive surprise.

Pupils in Barking are asking parents to check their pockets and down the backs of sofas to help raise money for two climbing frames.

Members of a Barking arts group have arrived in Lithuania to pop, waack and shuffle against dancers from around the world.

Knives, an axe and box cutter blades were among the weapons handed to Dagenham police station last month.

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